As most of you know, on Sunday, December 22, the church approved plans and financing for the renovation of the fellowship hall and it’s restrooms. Amen! What a needful project. Although we will experience some inconvenience, I think you’ll agree it’s worth it. Our goal is to be finished by early March.
Church planters, Adam and Ashley Sewell moved to Pittsburgh December 29. You will have lots of opportunity to meet and get to know them since PBC is their home base for the next 18 months. The Sewells feel led to start a church in the Mt Washington section of the city. They are supported through the North American Mission Board. Adam has served as a youth minister and is musically gifted. We look forward to seeing our Lord’s plan for this exciting new partnership.
I announced several weeks back that I accepted a part-time consulting position with our state convention. This ministry will not distract from my work with you but, I ask for your prayers as I help other pastors and churches. I’ll advise, encourage and resource them on being healthy congregations. My official start date is January 1.
Again in 2014, we will host World Changers and P2 Mission teams. They will be here June 16-27. As last year, Lifeway Christian Resources covers all related costs for these events and makes a $4,000.00 donation to our church.
In a addition to these events, our Vietnamese church partners are well on the way to being a North American Mission Board ethic church plant. This brings financial and resource support to the church. Their goal is to become a completely independent congregation reaching the Pittsburgh Vietnamese community for the Lord. Pastor Dan Nguyen told me that a Buddhist couple recently received Christ as their Savior. Praise God! Your support of this work enables our brothers and sisters in Christ to reach people for Him PBC would likely never engage.
Luke 12:48b reads, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” This verse reminds me of PBC. God has richly blessed us in many ways. Those whom He favors are expected to make greater investments in His Kingdom. The Lord keeps us in a state of healthy tension; between blessed and being a blessing. I thank you for making many sacrifices in order to be a blessing to others.
Happy New Year,